Indulge Smartly: Scrumptious and Healthy Christmas Recipes! - FBL

Indulge Smartly: Scrumptious and Healthy Christmas Recipes!

That busy period called Christmas is upon us, and it’s a time of joy, celebration, and delicious food. So lets help with making healthy festive eating possible for those of us who are on a journey to maintain or achieve a healthy weight. Even though Christmas can be a bit challenging, but fear not, we’ve got you covered with some deliciously healthy recipes that will satisfy your taste buds without derailing your goals.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup: Start your Christmas Dinner with a warm and hearty bowl of roasted butternut squash soup. It’s packed with vitamins and fiber, making it a nutritious choice. Roasting the squash adds a depth of flavor that’s perfect for the festive season

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 800 grams)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 500 ml vegetable broth
  • 5 ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh sage leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Toss the cubed butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven until tender and slightly caramelized (about 30-40 minutes).
  3. In a large pot, sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic until soft.
  4. Add the roasted squash and vegetable broth to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup until smooth using an immersion blender or a regular blender.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with fresh sage leaves if desired.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast:

Turkey is a Christmas classic, and you can enjoy it without guilt by focusing on lean turkey breast and flavorful herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 turkey breast (skinless and boneless, about 1 kg)
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 15 ml fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 15 ml fresh thyme, chopped
  • 15 ml fresh sage, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey breast.
  4. Place the turkey breast on a baking sheet and roast until the internal temperature reaches 75°C, about 25-30 minutes per pound (check with a meat thermometer).
  5. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies: You don’t have to skip dessert this Christmas season. These healthy gingerbread cookies are lower in sugar and packed with flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 240 grams almond flour
  • 60 ml molasses
  • 60 ml coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 5 grams ground ginger
  • 5 grams ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 grams ground nutmeg
  • 1 gram baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, molasses, melted coconut oil, egg, spices, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Mix until a dough forms.
  3. Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and cut out gingerbread shapes.
  4. Bake at 175°C for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool before decorating or enjoying.

These deliciously recipes will allow you to savor the flavours of Christmas without compromising your goals Remember, moderation is key, and incorporating these nutritious options into your holiday menu will help you stay on track while enjoying the festivities. Cheers to a healthy and happy Christmas!